Breath, Body, Energy: Awakening the Spine

A one week retreat with with Harmony Slater

4 January to 11 January 2025

Join us for the first retreat of the year with Harmony Slater!

Once again Harmony is returning to Purple Valley, this time to help you to set the tone for 2025. 

Nurturing and Supportive Environment: Step into the transformative power of expert guidance and support in a nurturing and supportive environment. This retreat is designed as a beautiful unfolding experience that will help you shed layers, discover hidden obstacles, and find your spiritual center.

Deep Self-Exploration: Explore the depths of your being, ask questions, and gain profound insights into yourself. Listen deeply to what your mind, body, and spirit truly need. Leave with new energy and insights.

Innovative Approaches: Experience the fusion of ancient wisdom for modern living. This retreat incorporates innovative techniques based on traditional Eastern practices found in yoga and Buddhism. We'll challenge conventional wisdom and offer fresh perspectives to help you achieve your deeper multi-dimensional wellness goals.

Revitalize and Connect: Reconnect with your inner self and walk away with a newfound sense of fulfilment in every facet of your life.

All Levels Welcome: Whether you're a seasoned practitioner or brand new to the practice of yoga, this retreat is open to individuals of all backgrounds and levels. No experience necessary, just an open heart and mind.

Don't miss this opportunity to embark on a soul-enriching journey with Harmony. Your path to transformation begins here.

Harmony Slater Purple Valley Yoga
Harmony Slater Purple Valley Yoga

Retreat schedule

January 4 – Arrival after 3pm & Welcome at 6pm. This is followed by dinner.

Course daily Schedule (subject to change slightly)

6:30am – Meditation

7-8am – Pranayama & Chanting
8am – Asana Practice (Sunday: Led Primary + Intro to Intermediate / Monday to Friday: Mysore)

Brunch
4:00pm - 4 Afternoon Energy Workshops: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Dinner
8:30pm – Evening Meditation & Yoga Nidra
January 11 – Check out before 9 am. Breakfast at 9 am.

Workshops:

Working with Bandhas in Asana + Pranayama
Yoga is the science of experience and a philosophy for living. When we integrate the three subtle energetic locks into our practice, we notice big changes in our ability to focus and draw the mind inward. Bandhas connect to the movement of our Inner Energy and the expansion of this vital life force within ourselves. We will discuss the more esoteric aspects of the practice, and explore easily accessible ways to begin a practice of breath-control using bandhas.

Strengthening the Spine and Purifying the Nervous System
Nadi Shodhana means “purification of the energy channels.” This can be done through asana and pranayama. In this workshop students will explore the connection of prana (vital life energy) with the cleansing and strengthening of the nervous system through gentle asanas, kriyas, and pranayama. These practices will be highly beneficial and accessible to everyone, regardless of your level of experience.

Moving Beyond the Body
Using Spinal Energetics and Breathwork, this workshop will help students cultivate a deeper awareness within themselves, release unconscious blocks, and experience the tremendous energy within their own body that can transform held patterns to bring about both healing and awakening. 

The Secrets of Yoga: The Marriage or Shiva-Shakti
An Philosophy class about the metaphorical language used in India to describe a very real awakening process within our mind-body. Learn about how the goddess power and union of opposites brings about the experience of Yoga. This class will include an deeper exploration of Pranayama and Meditation practices.

Harmony Slater Purple Valley Yoga
Harmony Slater Purple Valley Yoga

Teacher

Harmony Slater

Harmony is a Certified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher and Certified Life-Wellness Coach. She is one of less than 20 women in the world to hold this honour. She began traveling to East Asia in 2002 to study Buddhism and Indian philosophy and spent five years living between India and Thailand. She holds BA degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies and founded two yoga schools in Canada. For the past 20+ years Harmony's been focused on sharing the deeper teachings of yoga to support greater health and spiritual integration with students around the world, and has taught workshops in over 30 different countries.

She’s the host of the Finding Harmony Podcast and has been featured in two anthologies on yoga, pregnancy, and motherhood: ‘Yoga Sadhana for Mothers’ and ‘Strength and Grace: A collection of Essays by Women of Ashtanga Yoga.’ Harmony is also a contributing editor for SONIMA online magazine. Currently she teaches online within her Inner Circle Community Membership and her Ancient Breathing 2.0 pranayama course.

Practical details about the retreat center

Currently the internet at the retreat is not reliable. If you are dependent on internet for work, we ask you to bring your own data on your phone, to which you can connect your laptop, if needed. Phones work very well. There is also a cafe 10 minutes from the retreat with good internet, however, it is a busy cafe and not very suitable for work. 

Finca Naranjas (previously Cristoforo) , our retreat centre is a simple yet beautiful place, built by an architect named Denis Devaris, who had an intention to create a meeting point for Spiritual seekers. Built slowly over 30 years using volcanic rocks from the island, the rooms are all unique with their own distinct personalities featuring beautiful details and personal touches. Given the nature of these types of buildings, imperfection is to be expected with a plumbing system not quite up to modern standards! However, set right into the land with a wonderfully lush garden, Finca Naranjas really is an oasis in South Tenerife. Through the years we have noticed that once the students and teachers arrive they immediately adapt to the peaceful environment, rarely wanting to leave the beautiful surroundings. Finca Naranjas is truly a retreat to retreat at! When packing for your retreat, make sure you add warmer clothes. From December till March the mornings and evenings can be quite chilly. The rooms are not heated, but are equipped with cozy duvets and blankets.

The meals
The food served at the retreat will be mainly vegan and completely vegetarian, prepared freshly everyday by our wonderful retreat chefs. We try were possible to use local and organic products. We sometimes use eggs or dairy in the kitchen. If you have food allergies/sensitivities, please let us know. Gluten free options are available. We have a self service tea & coffee station for guest use and try to provide fruit for snacking during the day.
You have the option to enjoy your food either inside or outside in the beautiful garden.

The practice
Maximum number of students is 25.
Practice will take place inside the beautiful wooden garden Shala. Savasana is usually taken outside to make space in the Shala, especially during full retreats and occasionally afternoon workshops will take place outside. Make sure you pack warm practice clothes for Savasana.

Arrival day and check out. 
The rooms are available after 3pm. The retreat starts with an introduction meeting at 5pm, followed by dinner at 6.30pm. All students should aim to arrive for the introduction meeting. The first practice is on Sunday morning and the last practice is on Friday in the morning. The check out is on Saturday at 9am. 

Accommodation
This year we have exiting accommodation news!  

As much as possible we are trying to adjust to various budgets, and this year we offer two comfortable dormitory options - La Huerta  and Danae 2. We also have a wonderful villa which can accommodate 5 practitioners - Yin Yang. The Yin-yang option is perfect for friends and families.  

The list below shows the rooms available to book.  Since all accommodation options are very unique, we can not list the individual images of them on the website. Write to us and we will share a link to our google drive folder with images of all the rooms.

Shared option mean that 2 students of the same gender share room. 

Premium rooms
The premium rooms are the largest rooms at the retreat. These rooms have attached indoor bathrooms.
Shared: 1200 GBP/week
Currently available: Danae 1, Venus, Casa Blanca

Single:  1450 GBP/week
Currently available week 1: Casita 1, Casita 2, Palmera 

Standard
The standard rooms are smaller than the premium rooms. These rooms have attached, indoor bathrooms. La Granja is a house with two rooms which share a bathroom.
Shared: 1100 GBP/week
Currently available week 1: Ficus, 5 Peldanos, La Granja 1, La Granja 2,

Single: 1350 GBP/week
Currently available week 1: 6 Peldanos, Tao, Pino De Oro

Budget
The budget rooms are the smallest rooms at the retreat. Some of the rooms share bathrooms, a few of them are outdoors bathrooms. In a few of the rooms there may have disturbance from the road.
Shared: 1000 GBP/week
Currently available week 1: Fuente 2, Consulta, Bella Dormiente

Single: 1250 GBP/week
Currently available week 1: Fuente 1

Yin -Yang Exclusive Dormitory
A unique 5 bed villa perfect for a group of friends or a family. The house has a kitchen, private patio and 2 bathrooms. Is also used for students booking individually. 
Price per person: 950GBP
Currently available: 5 spots

Dormitory Danae 2 (3 people sharing)
The dormitory is a spacious room for 3 people.
Shared: 880 GBP/week
Currently available: 3 spots

Dormitory Huerta (3 people sharing) 
The dormitory is a spacious room for 3 people.
Shared: 780 GBP/week
Currently available: 3 spots

The accommodation price is all-inclusive (includes accommodation, all meals and yoga). There is an option to pay a deposit of 50% of the full amount to secure your place. The deposit is non-refundable and the balance must be paid at least 4 weeks prior to the start date.

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